The Team

Meet the Friendly Staff Who Make This Research Possible

Professor Zhongyun Fan – BCAST, Brunel University London. Director of The Interdisciplinary Centre for Circular Metals

Professor Fan is the founder and current Director of BCAST at Brunel University London.

He is the principal investigator/director of the EPSRC Future LiME Research Hub, a national centre of excellence in liquid metal engineering. He is also the principle investigator for the recently successful UKRI Interdisciplinary Centre for CircularMetal.

He obtained his first degree in Metallurgy from University of Science and Technology, Beijing in 1982 and his PhD in Materials Science and Engineering from Surry University in the UK in 1993. He has published over 400 scientific papers with an H-Index of 55 and a total currently of 11289 citations. Fan has initiated, managed and delivered research projects funded from a wide range of grant sources as principal investigator, including 13 EPSRC grants, 4 HEFCE grants, 6 DTI/TSB/IUK grants, 3 EU grants and a number of industrial contracts, with grants totalling over £70M. He has been chairman of 4 major international conferences and members international scientific committee of 6 international conferences.

He is the co-chairmen of the Casting and Solidification Society (IOM3), Board Member of the Light Metals Division (IOM3), a Fellow of the Institute of Materials, Minerals and Mining (IOM3) and the Institute of Cast Metal Engineers (ICME) as well as a member of the American Society of Materials (ASM) and the EPSRC Metals College. He was the recipient of the Elegant Work Prize (1995), the Cook/Ablett Award (2003) and Dowding Medal and Prize (2012) of the Institute of Materials, Minerals and Mining (IOM3).

Fan’s research has been focused on (1) Understanding of early stages of solidification covering Prenucleation, Heterogeneous Nucleation, Grain initiation and Grain refinement and (2) developing innovative techniques for melt treatment and metal casting.

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Professor Brian Cantor - BCAST, Brunel University London. Deputy Director of The Interdisciplinary Centre for Circular Metals & Work Package 1 Lead

Brian Cantor is Professor of Materials at Oxford and Brunel Universities.

He is also Founding Chair of the World Technology Universities Network, a Trustee of the Science Museums Group and an Editor of Elsevier’s premier review journal, Progress in Materials Science. He has published over 300 books and papers.

He invented the field of High Entropy Alloys and discovered “Cantor alloys”. In the recent past, he has been Vice-Chancellor of the Universities of Bradford and York, Head of Mathematical and Physical Sciences at Oxford, a research scientist at GE Labs in the USA, a consultant for Alcan, NASA and Rolls-Royce, and a Vice-President of the Royal Academy of Engineering.

He has worked at other universities such as Sussex, Northeastern, Banaras, Washington State and IISc Bangalore, and chaired or been on boards such as the Marshall Aid Commission, the UK Universities Pensions Forum, and Bradford, Leeds and York Local Economic Partnerships (LEPs).

He founded and built up the Begbroke Science Park, the Heslington East Campus, the Hull-York Medical School, the National Science Learning Centre, and the World Technology Universities Network. He has received academic prizes, honorary professorships and fellowships in the UK, USA, China and India. He was awarded a CBE for services to higher education in 2013.

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Professor Geoffrey Scamans - BCAST, Brunel University London. The Interdisciplinary Centre for Circular Metals Work Package 2 Lead

Geoff Scamans, is a Professor of Metallurgy at Brunel University and the Chief Scientific Officer of Innoval Technology Limited. He obtained his first degree (1970) and his PhD (1974) in Metallurgy from Imperial College. He worked for Alcan in their Banbury research laboratory from 1970 to 2003 and from then at Innoval Technology and Brunel University.

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Prof. Jan Godsell - WMG, University of Warwick. The Interdisciplinary Centre for Circular Metals Work Package 3 Lead

Jan Godsell is a Professor of Operations and Supply Chain Strategy at WMG, University of Warwick. Her work focuses on the pursuit of more responsible consumption and production through the alignment of product, marketing and supply chain strategy with consumer needs. In particular Jan’s work focuses on the design of end-to-end supply chains to enable, responsibility, sustainability, flexibility and productivity.  She leads the Supply Chain Research Group and the Supply Chains in Practice (SCIP) industrial collaborator forum.

As a chartered engineer, Jan has more than two decades of combined industry experience in product development, innovation, supply chain strategy, and process improvement working for ICI, Astra Zeneca and Dyson. She has advised government and industry on supply chain strategy and its relationship to industrial and business strategy. Jan is currently a member of the Department for Business Energy and Industrial Strategy (BEIS) supply chain resilience advisory group. Jan is also a member of the Industrial Strategy Challenge Fund (ISCF) advisory groups for Manufacturing Made Smarter and Driving the Electric Revolution.

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Prof Raimund Bleischwitz - Chair in Sustainable Global Resources, Bartlett School Env, Energy & Resources, Faculty of the Built Environment, UCL. The Interdisciplinary Centre for Circular Metals Work Package 4 Lead

Raimund Bleischwitz is Director of the Bartlett School of Environment, Energy and Resources (BSEER) and Chair in Sustainable Global Resources at the UCL Institute for Sustainable Resources.

Raimund is Co-I on two UKRI Circular Economy Centres on metals and construction materials starting January 2021, and he is member of the DEFRA Resources and Waste Targets Expert Group. He has been PI of an international collaboration project on the circular economy and resource efficiency with a special focus on China ('SINCERE'), and involved in projects on eco-innovation (Inno4SD, RECREATE) and on minerals (Minatura, Mica). He is a Global Fellow at the Smart Prosperity Institute (SPI), Canada, and Affiliate Professor at the Chinese SJTU.

An economist by training, he did his PhD on resource productivity in 1997 and his Habilitation on knowledge-creating institutions in 2005, both pioneering research on those topics; the Habilitation was done in collaboration with the Max Planck Institute on Collective Goods in Bonn.

In his twenty+ years of research he has made contributions on sustainability concepts, national strategies, innovation-inducing policy-mixes, drivers and institutions of transformative changes, and raw material conflicts. He is often invited as a speaker, acknowledged as a thought leader and influential policy adviser and cooperates with a variety of stakeholders. He was member of the European Commission's expert group on circular economy and systemic eco-innovation.

Raimund was Visiting Professor at the College of Europe in Bruges, Belgium, for about ten years. He has gained more international experience via fellowships at the Transatlantic Academy and at AICGS/Johns Hopkins University, both Washington DC, and another one in Japan (JSPS). He was involved in the Millennium Collaborations Projects on climate, energy and eco-efficiency conducted by the Japanese Economic and Social Research Institute (ESRI) from 2000 – 2005.

Raimund is a builder of institutions. He set up UCL ISR as Deputy Director when joining UCL in 2013. Before, he spent ten years building-up and leading a research group as Co-Director on ‘Material Flows and Resource Management’ at the Wuppertal Institute in Germany.  In the Nineties he was supporting Ernst Ulrich von Weizsaecker in establishing the Wuppertal Institute. He was his permanent substitute in a National Committee on the Earth Summit preparations in 1992, and was one of the lead authors of a report entitled „Sustainable Germany“, which stimulated a broad public debate on sustainable development in Germany.

In earlier years he had an engagement at the Institute for European Environmental Policy (IEEP); a report he co-authored on international climate policy in 1991 was unanimously adopted in the German Bundestag and shaped the government's position at that time. Raimund had his first professional position in the late eighties as Assistant Advisor to the Socialdemocratic Parliamentary Group in the German Bundestag, Bonn (DE), working on ecological modernisation of the economy, air pollution, transport, and climate change.

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Professor Claire Davis - WMG, University of Warwick. The Interdisciplinary Centre for Circular Metals WMG Principal Investigator

Claire Davis is the Royal Academy of Engineering / Tata Steel Professor of Low Energy Steel Processing and she leads the Advanced Steel Research Centre (ASRC) at WMG, University of Warwick. The ASRC  comprises over forty people carrying on research on steel where the focus is to develop new and improved steels and understand new processing technologies.

The work tackles both fundamental and applied research from steelmaking through to production.  Claire’s personal research interests are on the development of microstructure during processing and the relationships between microstructure and properties (both physical and mechanical) in steels. She also works on the non-destructive evaluation of steel microstructure using electromagnetic sensors.

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Professor Mark Miodownik - University College London. The Interdisciplinary Centre for Circular Metals Outreach Lead

Mark Miodownik is the UCL Professor of Materials & Society.  He received his Ph.D in turbine jet engine alloys from Oxford University, and has worked as a materials engineer in the USA, Ireland and the UK.

For more than twenty years he has championed materials science research that links to the arts and humanities, medicine, and society. This culminated in the establishment of the UCL Institute of Making, where he is a director and runs the research programme.

Mark also recently set up the Plastic Waste Innovation Hub to carry our research into solving the environmental catastrophe of plastic waste. Mark is the multi-award winning author of New York Times bestselling book Stuff Matters. He regularly presents BBC TV and radio programmes on materials science and engineering.  In 2014 he was elected a fellow of the Royal Academy of Engineering. In 2018 he was awarded an MBE for services to materials science, engineering and broadcasting.

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